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Little Ongava

Ongava Game Reserve, Etosha, Namibia

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LITTLE ONGAVA - ONGAVA GAME RESERVE, ETOSHA, NAMIBIA
Ongava Game Reserve, a 70,000 acre private reserve on the southern boundary of Namibia's Etosha National Park, has three camps: Ongava Lodge, Ongava Tented Camp and Little Ongava, each located in a different part of the reserve. Guests can choose the style of accommodation and size of camp that suits them best. The camps are managed independently and each has its own full-time staff, guides, managers and vehicles. All three camps have a similar activity schedule. Ongava Tented Camp is situated more towards the center of the game reserve, at the base of the foothills of the Ondundozonanandana Range, meaning "mountain where the boy took the calves".

Little Ongava is built along a crest of a hill with wonderful views onto the plains below and is the ideal lodge from which to base your activities when visiting Etosha. Little Ongava is a premier-styled camp with only three luxury guest chalets - small and very personalized!

Etosha has great concentrations of game, especially in the dry winter months, and there are wonderful views out onto the salt pans which dominate the center of the park. Etosha's only drawback is that the accommodation offered within the park is in the form of large, impersonal public rest camps. Ongava offers an excellent alternative. Little Ongava offers the full Etosha experience while providing great accommodation and service, as well as the opportunity to take night drives and nature walks on the reserve, activities that are not allowed within Etosha. Little Ongava is operated by Wilderness Safaris.

Accommodation            For images of Little Ongava, click Little Ongava Images
Accommodation is provided by three spacious and very luxurious brick and thatch suites, each of which have their own plunge pool, en-suite bathroom, a “sala”, an additional outdoor shower and a view of the waterhole in front of camp. Little Ongava’s main lodge is also constructed of brick and lends itself to relaxed, stylish dining under an African sky or under thatch.

Suite details:
• 3 x Luxury Suites
• 1 x Guide's single room (however guide accommodation is shared with Ongava Lodge, which has another 2 twin guide rooms. Not the same standard as a guest room).
This camp can accommodate six guests plus tour leader. It can also be combined with Ongava Lodge (classic style) and/or Ongava Tented Camp (vintage style) to increase capacity for a group.

• En-suite bathrooms with shower, double basins and bath with a view.
• Outdoor shower.
• Air-conditioned bedroom.
• Tea / coffee making facilities.
• Sitting room with own viewing deck.
• Hairdryers provided in rooms.
• 220v Electricity in the rooms.
• Soaps, shampoos and insect repellents are supplied in each suite.
• Two suites have 2 x ¾ beds (which can be converted into double beds) and a third has a king size bed.
• Private sala.
• Plunge pool.
• In-room dining can be arranged on request.
• Bar fridge in the room.
• Safe in each room.

Camp Details:
• Built on the crest of a hill with wonderful views across the plains.
• Secluded private self contained camp.
• Dining under the stars or under thatch.
• Boma.
• View over waterhole.
• Near to the main lodge which houses the curio shop and reception.

Daily laundry service is included in the nightly tariff.

Activities
Mornings are normally spent within the Okaukuejo area of Etosha National Park, returning to Ongava in time for a well earned lunch. After tea, guests head out onto the private reserve to enjoy more flora and fauna. The option of tracking White Rhino on foot is available as are night drives. Additional activities also include full day excursions into Etosha National Park, taking along a picnic, subject to availability of vehicles and also a visit to one of the hides on the property. Private vehicles can be booked at an additional charge subject to availability either prior to departure or directly with the Camp Manager.

• Game drives in Etosha and Ongava Reserve.
• Walks with an armed guide (White Rhino can be tracked on foot).
• Full day excursions into Etosha National Park (subject to availability of vehicles).
• Guests at Little Ongava share a dedicated guide and Land Rover ensuring the optimum nature experience.

Wildlife
In central-northern Namibia the flat landscape is dotted with a number of large saltpans, slight depressions made by wind action. The most famous of these is Etosha Pan, which resides in the eponymous Etosha National Park, a vast area of over 20 000km2 that protects an incredible wealth of wildlife. Etosha means 'great white place' and indeed its immense salt pan stretches blinding white across 5 000 square kilometres (120km across and 55km from north to south). Today, a few rivers and occasional heavy summer rains can fill the pan (in good years attracting more than a million flamingos to its salty waters), but for the most part it is parched and dry. While the Pan itself is extremely salty and as a result does not support much vegetation, its edges give way to a surprising variety of vegetation types: from the tall tree canopies of the tamboti and terminalia woodland in the east, to the broad swathe of mopane that envelops the broader area and the open acacia-strewn plains, grasslands and dwarf shrub savannah in the west.

Here mopane woodland dominates, whilst a low row of dolomite hills, evocatively called the Ondundozonanandana Range, provide relief to the otherwise flat surroundings and harbour populations of the endemic Anchieta's dwarf python and the local subspecies of rock hyrax.

Most general game are present on the reserve as well as within Etosha, including springbok, gemsbok, wildebeest, Burchell's zebra, Hartmann's mountain zebra, waterbuck, red hartebeest, giraffe, eland and the endemic black-faced impala. Species that can be seen year round include Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Springbok, Oryx, Kudu and the diminutive Damara Dik-Dik.  Elephant and lion move between the Park and the reserve and both black and white rhino can be seen.

Birdlife in Ongava Reserve is prolific with over 340 species to be seen, amongst them 10 of Namibia's 14 endemic bird species. Specials like Bare-cheeked Babbler, Violet Wood-Hoopoe, Carp's Tit and Red-necked Falcon are sought after by birders, while other species such as the Sociable Weaver and its enormous communal nests, the miniature Pygmy Falcon and the brilliantly coloured Crimson-breasted Shrike - justifiably Namibia's national bird. Birding Etosha is also good with Ostrich, Kori Bustard and raptors like Greater Kestrel in abundance. Local specials include Short-toed Rock-Thrush, Namaqua Sandgrouse, Double-banded Courser, Yellow-bellied Eremomela, Spike-heeled Lark and Acacia Pied Barbet.

Ongava Game Reserve
The Ongava Game Reserve is situated on the southern boundary of Etosha National Park, enabling large game such as elephant and lion to move between the Park and the private reserve. Day and night wildlife-viewing drives, visiting hides that overlook waterholes and walks with experienced guides can all be enjoyed exclusively on this reserve. Game drives and daytrips into the easily accessible Okaukuejo area of Etosha National Park are rewarding, with sightings of lion, elephant, gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest, and white and black rhino. Guests at Little Ongava share a dedicated guide and Land Rover, ensuring the best possible nature experience at one of Africa's great wildlife destinations. A hide at the camp waterhole provides superb photographic opportunities. At Ongava the characteristic wildlife of the area is present, with both desert-adapted black and white rhino to be seen as well as lion.

A highlight at Ongava is that it is one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa where there is a chance of seeing both black and white rhino. For those who enjoy close wildlife encounters, tracking white rhino on foot with a guide is a highlight not to be missed.

Etosha National Park
Etosha was first proclaimed in 1907. The park originally stretched all the way to the Skeleton Coast and, up to 1967, was the world's largest park. In 1967, the park's size was slashed from nearly 10 million hectares to its current size of 2.7 million hectares (about the size of Switzerland). In the early 1990's a group of Namibian, English, American and South African partners joined together and bought 30,000 hectares of land on Etosha's southern boundary. The aim of this venture was to create Namibia's finest private game reserve and to create a buffer for Etosha along its southern boundary. Ongava (meaning rhinoceros in Herero) was born, and a massive rehabilitation and restocking program took place. White Rhino were introduced and over time Black Rhino migrated onto the reserve. Many thousands of animals are now found on Ongava including Elephant, Giraffe, Gemsbok (Oryx), Springbok, Red Hartebeest, Eland, Wildebeest, Zebra and the rare Blackfaced Impala. Lion, Leopard and Cheetah have also moved back onto the Ongava Reserve. Wilderness Safaris manages Ongava Lodge and Ongava Tented camp for the owners.


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